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Against the Odds: Older Worker Reemployment in Today's Economy

The AARP Public Policy Institute released a report on the results of a survey of the experiences of nearly 2,500 workers ages 45-70 who've faced unemployment in the past five years. CEO Jo Ann Jenkins provided opening remarks and U.S. Department of Labor Chief Economist Heidi Shierholz gave the keynote address.

The AARP Public Policy Institute is releasing a new report titled, "The Long Road Back: Struggling to Find Work after Unemployment," which features results from a survey of nearly 2,500 workers ages 45 to 70 who faced unemployment in the past five years.

Although the unemployment rate has been falling, long-term unemployment continues to be a challenge for older jobseekers. The survey report focuses on reemployment and the steps people took to find work. It compares the new jobs of the reemployed with their prior jobs. It also examines the barriers jobseekers faced in trying to find a job, as well as various types of discrimination and other factors that affected the search for work. In addition to releasing the study's findings, the Issues Forum will include a panel of thought leaders who will discuss how best to deal with the problems facing the unemployed and how to better prepare for the next economic downturn.


Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Debra Whitman, Executive Vice President, AARP Policy, Strategy and International Affairs
  • Jo Ann Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer, AARP

Keynote Address

  • Heidi Shierholz, Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Labor


  • Susan Reinhard, Senior Vice President, AARP Public Policy Institute
  • Lori Trawinski, Director, Future of Work@50+ Initiative, AARP Public Policy Institute


  • Steven Greenhouse, former labor and workplace reporter for The New York Times and author of The Big Squeeze


  • Katharine G. Abraham, Professor of Economics and Survey Methodology and Director of the Maryland Center for Economics and Policy, University of Maryland
  • Dean Baker, Co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research
  • Ofer Sharone, Mitsubishi Career Development Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management

Learn more about the Future of Work@50+ Initiative.

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